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Fishermans Bend: Will the precinct catch the market?

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On 2 July 2012 the then Minister For Planning, Matthew Guy, announced the rezoning of the Fishermans Bend area from an industrial precinct to a ‘Capital City Zone’ and declared it a project of State Significance. Overnight it became Australia’s largest urban renewal area which to put in context will effectively double the size of the Melbourne CBD. Urban renewal is a program of land redevelopment in areas of moderate to high density urban land...

New apartment releases line up for their time in the sun

The AFL finals are upon us and Spring has sprung… well, not quite yet. This time of year generally does coincide with a string of apartment developments readying themselves for public launch. Whether they are looking to capitalise upon the improving Spring weather where buyers are more inclined to be out and about in the search for a new property, or seeking to secure as many sales as possible prior to the Christmas break, Urban Melbourne have...

Priority pick: The Moreland set to make its mark

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Urban Melbourne and Apartment Register present the first public opportunity for buyers to secure a prime apartment within The Moreland, a newly launched project located in the on-trend inner northern suburb of Brunswick West. Designed by local firm Peter Brown Architects, The Moreland will hold 52 dwellings with a variety of one and two bedroom apartment configurations available. Register now With ample sized apartments in mind The Moreland is...

Banco Group announce release of Smith&Co's final apartments

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Following the successful launch of Smith&Co. on Urban Melbourne during mid August, Banco Group are today announcing the final release of their exclusive top floor apartments. In a matter of months Smith&Co.'s apartments have almost sold out with Jake Eisen, Banco Group's lead sales agent for Smith&Co. stating "We are excited to announce the limited release of large 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. This top floor release by Smith &...

Urban Development & Design

The Federation Square of Melbourne's east takes shape

The Federation Square of Melbourne's east? When put in those terms City of Casey's Bunjil Place takes on a project of strong social significance for both the municipality and Melbourne at large. With as many as 12 individual spaces within the Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp-designed civic project, the construction process is naturally as intricate as the building itself. Under the guidance of Brookfield Multiplex construction has hit full stride a...

Elizabeth Street's squeezy scraper returns to planning

In the truest sense it may not be a skyscraper yet a revised proposal located at 696-708 Elizabeth Street most definitely fulfills the 'squeezy' criteria. Previously covered by Urban Melbourne in its initial guise, the proposed residential building was and remains remarkable for its proximity to a neighbouring residential building currently under construction. Whilst the initial version fell short of both Council and VCAT's expectations, a...

Urban density matters – but what does it mean?

Kim Dovey , University of Melbourne and Elek Pafka , University of Melbourne In debates about urban density we often find comments about buildings being too tall or not tall enough, about too many people in a neighbourhood or too few, about streets and buildings being overcrowded or empty. We are told that Melbourne is building at four times the density of Hong Kong , or that density is good and will make us happy. As these debates over density...

The evolution of Spencer Street

During my early years of studying architecture, I would often wander down to Spencer Street and watch what was once known as Spencer Street Station being transformed into what would be known as Southern Cross Station. It can be argued that the station's redevelopment along with the ongoing construction down at the docks was the catalyst for the Spencer Street's evolution over the last decade, with every indication that it will stretch well into...

Urban Industry

C270: How will it affect development in Melbourne’s central city?

C270 is the amendment to the interim planning controls (C262) that landed like a bomb last year . For the most part, this amendment is a step in the right direction. However, there is one change that will have a profound impact on development viability: the Plot Ratio is now 18:1. If you own a site and were planning on lodging for a permit based on 24:1 plot ratio, you will be hit hard. Your yield will now be based on an 18:1 plot ratio unless...
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Discussing the Beller Commercial 2016 Shopping Strip Research with Fred Nucara

Beller Commercial has just completed their first quarter shopping strip research for 2016 - a matrix of 28 key shopping strips that depict the number of shops, number of vacancies, average asking rent per square metre and yield. Beller Commercial Agents take to the streets quarterly and physically count the ‘for lease’ signs, vacant stores, check the web listings and do the arithmetic themselves. Urban Melbourne recently caught up with Beller...

The top three reasons why you should market locally to succeed in China

Marketing to Chinese consumers is a hot topic for all businesses across different sectors. A common misperception for businesses is that they need to be in China to sell to Chinese consumers. This has prompted developers and agencies to invest in roadshows, exhibitions and seminars at China’s prime real estate and events, only to result in expensive failures. With the growing Chinese population in Australia, sellers need not look too far in...

Ted Baillieu, The Architect Premier - Melbourne Architecture

From November 2010 through to March 2013, Victoria had Ted Baillieu, an architect, as Premier. This post is the final part of a four part interview with Mr Baillieu discussing a broad range of built environment issues. To read from the beginning click here to go back to Part 1 Melbourne Architecture R+BA – In terms of Melbourne and the architecture of Melbourne do you have a favorite building or favorite space? TB – I always talk about Marcus...

Visual Melbourne

White Night Melbourne 2016

Once again Melbourne’s all night festival of art, music and light projections has delighted hundreds of thousands in Melbourne’s CBD. The 2016 edition of White Night is the fourth time that it has been run in Melbourne. After only a few years the cultural event has clearly been readily accepted as an important part of Melbourne’s busy events calendar The biggest highlights this year were dominated by Melbourne’s top architectural masterpieces...

Feeling at home next to the dome

A new piece of street art has been unveiled opposite Etihad Stadium that is in stark contrast to its drab surrounds. The poorly activated surrounds of Etihad Stadium has been given a boost with Melbourne developer Capital Alliance commissioning internationally recognised street artist Rone to create a mural overlooking the sporting venue. The result is a new 140sqm edifice adoring M Docklands , a new five star hotel and residential complex which...
Light projection by Victor Holder.

Thornbury and Preston light up for the Darebin Projection Festival

The junction marking Thornbury and Preston is set to light up this evening, celebrating a significant development set to happen in the area. A joint partnership between Creative Suburbs and the Darebin City Council, the festival is aimed to light up the area and switch on the minds of residents and visitors alike. Light projection by Victor Holder at Rainbow Serpent Festival 2015. On Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June from 6-11pm, the Thornbury...

Where else but Footscray!

Urban Melbourne has contributed many an article toward the seismic shift occuring within Footscray, there's a raft of large-scale apartment developments in the pipeline set to transform the area over the next decade. No less than 21 current apartment project listings for postcode 3011 are in the Urban Melbourne project database, with the sum of 4,900 plus apartments a distinct possibility. Even the likes of local stalwart Franco Cozzo has sought...

Urban Affairs

Growing challenges are disrupting our old ways of getting around cities

Cities are complex systems. One visible artery of the city is traffic – the cluster of moving people and flowing goods – and mobility is critical for a city’s life. We should be concerned about voices pointing to disrupting forces on mobility, such as a Global Summit on Disrupting Mobility recently hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

What is Melbourne's metro? What could it be?

What is a metro? It's a good question and it has many answers. Not least because Australian rail systems don't neatly fit into categories like how people readily and easily classify rail networks in Asia, Europe and North America. Using terms like heavy rail, metro (or subway), light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), tram (or streetcar) or bus network will generally be understood with little to no explanation and these generalist...

Bayswater next in line to see level crossing removals

It was announced this morning that the level crossings either side of Bayswater station at Scoresby Road and Mountain Highway are next in line to go. In a noticeable shift from previously unveiled grade separation and station designs, the method chosen to grade separate will involve partially lowering the rail line and partially raising Mountain Highway. A full rail under road grade removal will occur at Scoresby Road. Kevin Devlin, the CEO of...

Melbourne Metro Rail stations: more detail released & comment

The drip feed of information on the Melbourne Metro Rail project website continues, with a recent update featuring an interactive map to be used for consultation purposes, along with brochures providing increasing detail about each station and portal precinct. Perhaps one of the most important parts of the placement of a station on a rail line is how and where users will access the underground structures. The brochures now display proposed...
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Blog: Melburnist's braindump

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 14:00
There's been a fair bit of level crossing removal spin in the mainstream media this week, with terms like 'skytrains' and the State opposition taking an apparent position on the 'best' method of grade separating level crossings. The 'best' solution for each grade separation project depends on many different factors...

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